Last week Thames Valley Police (TVP) launched their Hidden Harm campaign urging everyone to ‘open their eyes to abuse’.

Over the next 18 months they will be raising awareness of different types of abuse hidden in the heart of our communities in Thames Valley. The first focus of the campaign is modern slavery.

In the past two years TVP have recorded 120 modern slavery crimes across our area but they say that many more go unreported.

With offences in every county of the force, it’s a stark reminder that this is a crime that could happen anywhere.

Throughout October TVP will be concentrating on raising awareness of this crime and the signs to look out for that could indicate that someone is a victim.

To help get the message out to as wide an audience as possible we are asking for the support of our local people.

There’s a number of ways you can get involved. Below are just a few ideas – you will find more in our online resource pack:

§ Share our social media posts on your channels using #HiddenHarm
§ Display the branded posters on your premises and hand out our leaflets to any members of the community you have contact with
§ Include details about the campaign in any community newsletters or internal publications
§ Display our Hidden Harm graphics on any information screens your organisation has access to e.g. screensavers, reception areas, GP surgeries etc.

Thames Valley Police would really appreciate any support you are able to provide.

If you have any questions or would like to let us know how you are getting involved please don’t hesitate to contact the Thames Valley Police HQ, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 2NX or
www.thamesvalley.police.uk/hiddenharm.

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